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Ted J. Fick

Chief Executive Officer


Veteran strategist and growth-oriented leader

Ted J. Fick leads the Port of Seattle as CEO. An executive with a proven track record of success in driving dramatic growth, operational excellence and talent development, Fick leads a team of 2,000 represented and non-represented employees.

During his tenure, the Port of Seattle delivered its best operational year in its 105-year history, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) was named the fastest growing U.S. airport for three years in a row. The Port of Seattle manages one of Washington State’s largest real estate portfolios, and hosts the largest and fastest growing cruise industry on the West Coast.

As the Port’s first CEO from the private sector, Fick’s fresh perspective is transforming the Port’s approach to strategic planning. Fick bridged a strategic and operational gap between the Port’s annual budget and the Port Commission’s 20-year vision by implementing a five-year Long Range Plan and linking employee performance and development goals to plan strategies. Today, the Port is on track to meet goals for creating jobs and reducing environmental impacts in half the projected time.

Trailblazer through extraordinary expansion and development

Fick also is leading the Port through an unprecedented expansion of capital improvement projects, economic and workforce development programs, and public-private partnerships that will create new business opportunities and improve the travel experience. The Port is partnering with customers and local cities to implement $2.5 billion in iconic capital improvement projects, finalizing an historic alliance to create the third largest container cargo seaport in North America, and negotiating real estate developments that will bring thousands of new jobs to airport communities. The Port also is preparing a visionary $10 billion Long Range Plan to manage Sea-Tac Airport’s expected growth from 45 to 66 million annual passengers.

Experience in manufacturing and industry

Prior to joining the Port, Fick served as CEO of Polar Corporation, a Minnesota-based trailer and component parts manufacturer with multiple operating divisions; and as CEO of CPI Card Group, an international credit, debit and gift card manufacturer. He led the Thermo King Corporation division of Ingersoll Rand as president, and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company commercial tire systems as vice president. He advanced into leadership roles during his 17 years at PACCAR and their Kenworth division, one of the Pacific Northwest’s primary manufacturers, and at Hino Diesel Trucks, a subsidiary of Toyota.

Fick began his manufacturing and transportation career at his family’s Tacoma-based foundry, Fick Foundry Co. He serves on a number of public and private boards, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and as co-chair of Seattle’s World Trade Center.


Stanford University, Master of Science in Management, Sloan Fellow 1997
University of Puget Sound, Master of Business Administration 1984
University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts in Economics 1982